All tours will begin promptly at the indicated time and depart from Lakeside Center at McCormick Place. All ticket sales are final and events take place rain or shine. Participation in each tour is limited, so register early to reserve your ticket. In order to keep ticket costs low, lunches have been eliminated from some tours, unless specifically noted. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch or snacks along on tours where no lunch will be provided. Bottled water will be provided on all tours.

Friday, September 18

T01- Sold Out
The Residential Estates of the North Shore I
7:30 am–4:00 pm

Tour Chicago's beautiful and historic North Shore estates. Projects feature the classic formalism of the early 20th century, Arts and Crafts gardens, natural landscape design, and contemporary design, representing some of the best residential landscape architecture in Chicagoland.

Tour Leaders: Donald J. Bolak, ASLA, Craig Bergmann Landscape Design; Andrew Weiss, Student ASLA, Champaign Park District

$110 per person; Includes transportation, box lunch, and bottled water.

T02 - Sold Out

Chicago's Downtown Green Roofs and Roof Gardens
8:00 am–4:30 pm

Chicago has long been the leader for green-roof installations in the U.S., a concept strongly promoted by the city’s Mayor Richard M. Daley, Hon. ASLA. This one-of-a-kind walking tour visits Chicago's famed Loop to view intensive and extensive green roofs, some of which were required by the city's cutting-edge zoning ordinance.

Tour Leaders: Ben Baker, ASLA, Wolff Landscape Architecture Inc.; Nathan Griswold, ASLA, American Hydrotech Inc.

$110 per person; Includes transportation, box lunch, and bottled water.


Chicago Sports Legends: Wrigley, Soldier, and U.S. Cellular
8:30 am–4:30 pm

Run the bases at legendary Wrigley Field, admire the old and new at Soldier Field, and pay homage to the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.  Get a behind-the-scenes look at professional sports facility design, from drainage systems to maintaining perfect natural turf and more.  Enjoy a stop in Wrigleyville for lunch.

Tour Leader: Eric W. Simmons, ASLA, Hunter Industries; Elizabeth Dafoe, Associate ASLA, Thompson Dyke & Associates, Ltd.           

$110 per person; Includes transportation, lunch, and bottled water.

T04 - Sold Out

The Residential Estates of the North Shore II
8:30 am–4:30 pm

Visit some of the North Shore’s most exclusive estates and developments, from historic to contemporary. Discussions will focus on each site’s unique characteristics, architectural style, context, landscape, and special construction considerations of the Midwest.

Tour Leaders: Carrie E. Woleben-Meade, ASLA, LEED AP, and Amy E. Olson, ASLA, Mariani Landscape

$110 per person; Includes transportation, box lunch, and bottled water.


The City in a Garden: Preserving Chicago's Historic Parks
9:00 am–5:00 pm

Tour Jackson Park, home of Olmsted and Burnham's "White City," Columbus Park, Jens Jensen's prairie-style masterpiece, and neighborhood parks created by the Olmsted Brothers. Explore the complex issues related to stewardship and preservation of these national treasures.

Tour Leaders: Julia S. Bachrach, Chicago Park District; Carol J.H. Yetken, ASLA, CYLA Design Associates Inc.

$110 per person; Includes transportation, box lunch, and bottled water.

T06 - Sold Out

Private Urban Gardens: An Inside Look at Chicago's Neighborhoods
9:30 am–2:30 pm

Experience Chicago’s many diverse urban neighborhoods, parks, and people. Explore historic and modern gardens on foot and by bus. The designers will discuss their approach to sustainable design in these featured projects and their practices.

Tour Leaders: Brian Culliton, ASLA, Culliton Quinn Landscape Architecture Workshop; Charles D. Hyams, ASLA, Scott Byron and Company

$85 per person; Includes transportation and bottled water.


Urbs in Horto: The Chicago Botanic Garden
10:00 am–4:00 pm

Explore one of the country's most visited public gardens and preeminent centers for learning and scientific research. From its founding, the garden has hired leading landscape architects, beginning with John O. Simonds and Geoffrey Rausch. Enjoy 20 gardens, three native habitats, and greenhouses on nine islands surrounded by lakes and the Skokie River.

Tour Leader: Tim Stenzel, Associate ASLA, Chalet; Heidi Natura, ASLA, LEED AP, Living Habitats

$100 per person; Includes transportation, box lunch, admission fee, and bottled water.


A Century of Public Art in the Loop (Walking Tour)
11:00 am–4:00 pm

Discover Chicago's preeminent works of public art by Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Anish Kapoor, among others. Chicago Public Art Group Executive Director Jon Pounds will accompany the tour to offer a local perspective on the modern public art process in Chicago.   

Tour Leaders: Amy C. Verel, Associate ASLA, Tracy Koffarnus, Associate ASLA, The Lakota Group

$60 per person; Includes transportation and bottled water.


Explore the Splendor of the Morton Arboretum
11:00 am–4:00 pm

This 1,700-acre outdoor museum boasts more than 4,000 different species of trees, shrubs, and plants from around the world. Discover the ASLA award-winning Children's Garden, labeled the "The Best Backyard in the World" by Landscape Architecture magazine. Observe best practices for permeable paving and innovative stormwater management.

Tour Leaders: Craig R. Kruckenberg, ASLA, Hitchcock Design Group; Stephen W. Welter, ASLA, FGM Architects

$95 per person; Includes transportation, admission fee, and bottled water.


A History of Chicago through Cemeteries and Memorial Sites
11:30 am–4:30 pm

Experience how cemeteries and memorial sites provide a connection to the past and celebrate the city's history. Visit award-winning memorials honoring Chicago civic leaders and Illinois service members, as well as the city's largest and oldest cemeteries, including Graceland Cemetery, which O.C. Simonds supervised for more than 50 years.      

Tour Leaders: Mary Walton, Student ASLA, Rolling Landscapes; William Heidbreder, ASLA, Jacobs/Ryan Associates

$85 per person; Includes transportation and bottled water.


Landscape and Architecture: A History in Chicago
11:30 am–4:30 pm

Explore the internationally acclaimed salvage resource, Architectural Artifacts, Inc. Stroll the 100-year-old Garfield Park Conservatory and City Garden, designed by Jens Jensen and home to the famous masonry “prairie waterfall.”  Tour a re-purposed industrial warehouse, a Lincoln Park residence that serves as an urban retreat, and a Victorian mansion in Wicker Park.

Tour Leaders: Deirdre E. Toner, Affiliate ASLA, DT Design; Dan D. Dalziel, ASLA, 3D Design Studio

$85 per person; Includes transportation and bottled water.


Boat Tour of the Chicago River
11:30 am–3:30 pm

Cruise the Chicago River with noted historian Sally A. Kitt Chappell and the Chicago Architectural Foundation to learn about the city's development and world-renowned architecture. Chappell’s award-winning book, Chicago's Urban Nature: A Guide to the City's Architecture + Landscape, is available for pre-order on the registration form.

Tour Leaders: Colleen Phillips and Terra Gurgone, Mariani Landscape

$60 per person; Includes transportation, boat tour, and bottled water.

Museum Campuses: Natural Plans for Urban Lands
12:00–4:00 pm

Visit three Chicago museum sites that demonstrate how natural design plans and the use of native plants and xeriscape create inspiring spaces: the Shedd Aquarium on Chicago's Lakefront; Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum; and Northerly Island, a habitat restoration in progress, inspired by the Burnham plan.

Tour Leaders: Christine M. Nye, Shedd Aquarium; Ellen Schmidt, ASLA            

$85 per person; Includes transportation and bottled water.

Chicago Lakefront Bicycle Tour of the Burnham Plan
1:00–4:30 pm

Experience the Burnham Plan through this unique bicycle tour of Chicago’s lakefront parks. Unveiled in 1909, the Burnham Plan transformed Chicago into one of the most beautiful cities in the world and created the vibrant, livable urban center it is today.

Tour Leader: Mark W. Polinko, ASLA, ILT Vignocchi; Miranda Lovato, Student ASLA, TD&A

$95 per person:  Includes bicycle rental, helmet, and bottled water.

Early Deadline

July 9, 2009

Advance Deadline

August 14, 2009


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